There’s a new sheriff in town at Christianity Today, Russell Moore. Christianity Today’s CEO Timothy Dalrymple has occupied the seat of Editor-In-Chief since Mark Galli resigned following his anti-Trump tirade on the website. Mark Galli would also be #MeToo’d for his treatment of women in the workplace, as Christianity Today was evidently a toxic work environment. The announcement is rich with irony.
Which is why I am so deeply pleased to announce that Russell Moore will step into the role of editor in chief of Christianity Today on September 1.
That Moore is a person in possession of extraordinary talents is incontestable. He was named dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary when he was a mere 32 years old. Through his books, his articles and podcasts, his public speaking, and his leadership of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Moore has served as possibly the most prominent evangelical Christian public voice in the country for the past decade. Anyone who has read his writings or heard his oratory will attest to his prodigious natural gifts.
But talent alone is not the reason for our excitement. Moore has demonstrated, time and again, the courage to express his convictions and the integrity to live by them. Sometimes this has meant contending for essential biblical and theological truths in the public square. Sometimes it has meant declaring truths to the church that challenge and convict us.
He has worked tirelessly to help men and women of evangelical conviction address the sin within our own ranks, whether that is related to idolatry and prejudice or abuse and neglect. Moore has taken on some of the most important and urgent objectives of our time, even when it has meant suffering the slings and arrows of critics both inside and outside the camp.
What excites me the most, however, is the way he has never lost sight of our core Christian calling to serve the least and seek the lost. Whether it is counseling pastors in crisis, welcoming the survivors of abuse into his home, or sharing the gospel with college students, Moore is not an ivory tower academician or a lobber of Twitter bombs, but someone who is deeply engaged in the life of the church and in sharing the love of God with others. An ordained Baptist minister who has held multiple pastoral roles (and holds one still today), Moore has served the church and the kingdom tirelessly throughout his career.
Who better to take over a previously toxic work environment than a man who, if his account is to be believed, did nothing to stop the coverup/mistreatment of sex abuse victims.
In any case, Russell Moore is well-liked by the world making him a perfect candidate for their objective. This move will increase Russell Moore’s relevance for the foreseeable future.
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